Warm October afternoon, brought plenty of liquids and took plenty of rest stops. Gorgeous views and desert plants - a lot of bang for your buck with this one!
Got monsoon'd first time. Bri feeling the heat second time.
Did this after Piestewa with the whole family; would reccomend starting earlier than 9am this time of year because it is hot. Gains over 1000 feet per mile so quite steep. Crazy amount of people, felt like being part of a human anthill. Scrambles are frequent but totally unexposed so just watch your step, bring lots of water, and enjoy the view on top!
Was closing a lease to move to Scottsdale, and spent a lot of time on the phone! Overcast day.
Climbed this mountain for my fourteenth birthday. Watching the sunrise up here literally converted me into a mountaineer. Great easy hike.
Really easy trail up and down. Its a lot of fun if you run it.
I've done this one many times. It was a good way to wrap up the year.
Took the Cholla Trail up and down. Fun hike with great views of the city. A guy dressed as Santa awaited climbers at the top and gave out candy canes and took pictures next to a fully decorated Christmas tree!
...did I get this after living in Phoenix for almost 2 years. I found a couple of hours on Thanksgiving to sneak out and climb. It was actually quite fun with good views.
Solo both times.
Cholla Trail in 2006.
Great urban hike.
Up Cholla, down Echo on 11/11/15 with Paul, Gary, Scott (Nexeo Meetings). Perfect day. Just the 4 of us and hundreds of other hikers.
My first desert mountain. I almost prefer snow.
Picked up Camelback while visiting. Tried to find an easy way up the Camel's Head, but didn't.
Sweet view. Nice way to end my time in Arizona
Nice view of Phoenix.
Ran and scrambled hard today but couldn't get under 20 minutes unfortunately. It's a holiday today and super busy though, but I don't know how much of a difference it really makes. My wife made it up in 28...pretty impressive! Painful, but super fun and a beautiful day on top :)
Great scramble above all the smoke and smog!
Took the Echo Canyon trail. Started at 5pm, 102 degrees. Lots of people. Interesting trail. 40 mins to the top. Great views. Stayed till the sun was down. Probably won't go back. Been there done that.
Took Cholla on wonderful 75 degree morning. Not super crowded but not lonely either. Got off trail by mistake twice ending in somewhat sketchy positions. Made good time overall and saw a road runner.
Did this mid day with my dad during a short trip to Phoenix. Doing this in 100+ weather is a unique challenge. I much prefer my cooler mountains. I truly was not prepared for the heat but I persevered.
2nd Climb Mar 30, 2013:
I set out determined to run up Cholla under 20 minutes this time. I was quickly stymied by the hordes of people that I did not encounter the last go around and basically gave up, thinking that it wouldn't happen. When I got close to the summit, I looked at my watch and was shocked to see that I had a chance. I re-doubled my effort and made a HUGE push for the summit. I got to the top and stopped the watch at 19:58 and sat there gasping and grunting for the next few minutes. Brit was supposed to go to the saddle in the same time so I started down for her, but she showed up only a few minutes down. I groaned at having to go back up but I accompanied her to the summit in just over 30 minutes (nice!) and we enjoyed the views for a bit before running back down.
Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2012
Ran up to the top at sunset via Cholla in 21:38...pushed it pretty good. Haven't done anything like that in a long time. It was a nice follow up after doing the long run/hike up Superstition Peak yesterday. We had a fun time going down in the dark and enjoying the cooler temps. Looking forward to going back and doing it again from the echo side sometime.